This coronavirus (COVID-19) like it’s a thing. Yesterday the WHO declared it a pandemic which in essence means it’s spreading too fast to be contained. What this means is that wherever you are in the world, COVID-19 is coming to visit. It’s no longer a matter of if but when.
People on the whole seem to have a love for drama and panicking. Don’t get me wrong, this virus is dangerous. Nobody has immunity to it since there were no snatty-nose little “chirren” running around with it back in the day. Instead we have immunity to head lice and “red-eye”. This virus also appears to be more contagious than Kees fever in Carnival 2020.
Now I’m not an epidemiologist or virologist or any other kind of “gist”. I’m not writing to minimize the situation or stir up more hysteria. In fact let me be clear, I know just as much about this virus as you do, maybe even less. However, that’s not going to stop me from dispensing unsolicited advice.
The whole point of this post is to say that people need to stop panicking and start planning. If you don’t know by now that you can’t depend on the authorities to take care of you then naivety and dunciness will get you way before COVID-19. This thing going on since last year and the MOH still trying to figure out testing.
Ok, so here’s my advice. The first thing to do is assess yours and your loved ones actual risk. We know people over a certain age and with pre-existing conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, any immune deficiency) are most vulnerable. Focus on these people. If you’re young and healthy this ain’t about you.
You should plan for at least these 3 possible scenarios:
Scenario 1 – Nobody confirmed infected. How to minimize the chances of infection?
• The biggest thing is to wash your hands, we know that but what else? Follow all the hygiene tips from the MOH but also from your mammy, granny and Sesame Street.
• You need to convince your elderly or infirm family and friends that this is a time to stay home and not be out visiting with people.
• Tell your older loved ones not to be greeting everyone in church with a hug and a kiss. I know they always aware that it might be the last time they see them but they might actually be the cause of it. The sign of friendship these days is a warm smile and a nod. Tell granny this is not the time for her monthly lime with Gertrude in the waiting room of the NIS office.
• Any alcohol you’re using to make your own hand sanitizer must have over 60% alcohol so only Puncheon, babash and overproof rum. The only thing vodka good for in this situation is to sip on while you plan.
Scenario 2 – What to do if you or a loved one are infected?
• Seek immediate medical attention.
• As we alluded to earlier, testing is kinda iffy in this place, so if you think you may have it then keep your tail home.
• Inform your office and family members and keep your tail home. Let them drop food for you by the front gate, ring the bell and run.
• If a loved one have it, keep your tail home. You can go take care of them but you will have to stay there and keep your tail home by them.
• Bottomline: Make sure you have enough supplies to last a couple weeks in case you get it and KEEP YOUR TAIL HOME.
Scenario 3 – What to do if there is a widespread outbreak and the country is placed on lock-down?
• You don’t want to run around panicking and buying out Pricesmart like you preparing for World War Z but you should have enough supplies.
• Make sure everyone has at least a month of necessary drugs.
• Make sure you have enough basic essentials like toilet paper. You could use gazette paper as a back up. A couple of our local dailies would suffice. It might actually improve their content.
• Make sure you have enough food to last about 2 weeks. Don’t be buying perishables like bread, almond milk, vegetables and kiss cake.
• Find out from your employer what plans are in place if this happens and make sure you know where you need to be for work and how your leave and pay are being handled.
Right, so nothing earth shattering in this post. Well, maybe the fact that the authorities are now saying patients with COVID-19 keep the pathogen in their respiratory system for as long as 37 days and could be contagious for weeks.
The biggest takeaways from this post should be:
• Don’t panic!
• Don’t wait on the government to take care of you.
• Make sure you have a PLAN even if they or your employer doesn’t.
• And most importantly if you’re sick or a loved one is sick, KEEP YOUR TAIL HOME.
Stay safe Loggers.